Sunday, July 17, 2016

6-17-16 ~ It's Sunday Again

It is time once again for Alexandra's Sunday Sketches at Blue Chair Diary.

Congratulations to you, Denise, being chosen the winner of Alexandra's contest for a new Sunday Sketches logo with a British theme.  Your watercolor is just out of this world. I LOVE it! Kudos to you for creating such a precious painting.

I am also linking up with Paint Party Friday.

I need to tell myself this each morning when I get out of bed...."I Can and I Will".
I found a Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook (80lb paper-50sheets) at Michael's, and I just had to have it. This is what I did on the first page.
I used a Micron pen and a red gel pen.

Do any of you know what kind of a bird this is? The picture was on the front of an old nature magazine of Buddy's which he had finished reading. I tore off the picture and then threw out the magazine so could not look up what it is.  I asked Bud if mine looked like the one in the picture, and he said the beak was wrong and there were other things that needed work. Oh, well, I tried. At least he was willing to give me constructive criticism. I am going to try again this week to see if I can paint it better. 

As always, my best friend, Weezie, and I are the two girls having tea up on the roof deck.

I bought the book Seeing Flowers this week, and I painted this Beardstongue from one of the gorgeous photographs in that book. There is another book, Seeing Trees, that my granddaughter has, and it is every bit as beautiful. So, I went to Amazon to get the tree book, and it was there that I discovered this one on flowers. Here in the info on it and links to both books.
Seeing Flowers 
Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers
Photography by Robert Llewellyn
Written by Teri Dunn Chace

The Amazon link to Seeing Trees is:

Yes, we live way way out in the country so I LOVE barns.

The hat on the left belongs to the little girl and the one on the right to the little boy.
Since Alexandra is leaving for England, I was thinking about the old pictures I had of the precious British children in their traditional bonnets. I just couldn't resist trying to paint them.


  1. You have been very busy! I love the bird especially and the quote is sweet.

  2. Wow a stunning selection of journal pages. They all have so much to look at in them wonderful details and images.

  3. Wonderful detail in your first piece. It seems that the doodling would be very relaxing.

  4. beautiful work this week Genie, thanks for sharing!

  5. i love your work! the first quote, wow, i need that in my life SO MUCH, you have no idea, lol and I love that bird, whatever your friend says though I couldn't tell you bc i don't now much re birds LOL. what an intriguing Aesop quote, too, i wonder what it means p.s thanks so much for your awesome comment :D it means a lot bc i try hard to make them that way

  6. Lots of wonderful work this week. Love those two girls up in the roof top having fun, and your doodle pieces are great. Have a fun and arty week, hugs, Valerie

  7. Wow, you are really such a busy artist! I love it so much to look at all your artwork! My favourite is the "Imagine" picture but I love the coverpage with the lots of ornaments too as well as the barn and the flowers and the bird! You have a wonderful blog!

  8. Oh ~ Genie ~ they are all so delightful ~ and some very meditative I would think ~ gorgeous work ~

    Wishing you a happy weekend ~ ^_^

  9. What a great variety of work! Love the inspiration here "I can, I will" is wonderful! Love your whimsical buildings too!! It's nice to have an honest yet kind perspective from a family member! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

  10. I love looking at your journal pages, you have a whimsical and wonderful view of the world.
    Happy PPF